Yoani Sanchez trip prompts major propaganda and intimidation campaign by Cuban regime

The Cuban regime cannot compete in a fair battle of ideas, so when challenged in a free forum, it resorts to its most primitive instincts; lashing out at its opponents with insults and intimidation. With one of its most vocal and popular opponents now in an arena where she is completely free to express herself, the Castro dictatorship has launched a major campaign of vicious propaganda and intimidation in a desperate and futile attempt to neutralize Yoani Sanchez.

The intimidation aspect of the Cuban government’s campaign against Yoani Sanchez is classic Castro dictatorship: Send out mobs of thugs to yell insults and physically threaten your opponents.

Via the AP at ABC News:

Pro-Cuba Protesters Halt Dissident’s Brazil Event

Boisterous protesters backing the Cuban government blocked the Monday screening of a documentary featuring Cuba’s best-known dissident, the blogger Yoani Sanchez, who was in attendance after being allowed to leave the communist island for the first time in nearly a decade.

Small groups of protesters met Sanchez when she arrived earlier Monday at two airports in Brazil’s northeast. They called her a “mercenary” who was being financed by the CIA and tossed photocopied U.S. dollar bills her way. One protester got close enough to pull her hair.

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Via the Latin American Herald Tribune:

Cuban Dissident Faces Protests on First Day in Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO – Cuban dissident Yoani Sanchez was received Monday with protests by a group of militant communists at the airport in the northeastern Brazilian city of Salvador.

A score of people waited for Sanchez at the Luis Eduardo Magalhaes airport with posters on which they had written “mercenary,” an epithet Cuba’s Communist government frequently hurls at dissidents.

A similar situation occurred earlier at the Recife airport, where Sanchez arrived on a flight from Panama and was welcomed by filmmaker Dado Galvao, her host in Brazil.

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And of course, the propaganda part of the campaign is classic Castro dictatorship as well: Ridicule your opponent with lies and distortions in the hope it will damage their credibility.

Via Café Fuerte (my translation):

Cuban government releases animation attacking Yoani Sánchez
Imagen tomada del dibujo animado

The Cuban government’s propaganda campaign against Yoani Sanchez intensified on Monday with the release of satirical content on the internet. This took place while angry protesters were able to block the Cuban blogger’s first presentation during her visit to Brazil.

An animation distributed on the occasion of Sanchez’s visit to Brazil identifies her as Agent 00Y, a circus performer waiting for her new star to start a world tour.

An email message sent this Monday from the Cuban government’s project Cibermambi and obtained by CaféFuerte instructs Cuban communications personnel throughout the country to specifically spread a post published on a government blog, to use the hash tag #yoanifraude (yoanifraud) on Twitter, and to push the first of three animations, all with the intention of ridiculing Sanchez.

The animated video was posted on YouTube in three parts this past Saturday, February 16th, a day before Sanchez was scheduled to fly from Havana to Brazil with a stop in Panama City. The animated cartoon is reminiscent of similar animations done about James Cason when he was head of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana (2002-2005).

Continue reading (in Spanish) HERE.